Bassem: I was diagnosed with bipolar when I was 17 (1997), and it was really rough in the early years especially, as well as being made worse by going through a part of my teenage years in an environment of bullying by the same people I called ‘friends’. I have been writing about my experiences since then, and sharing it publicly more and more.
I guess my motivation is to try and reach a person like me at the early stage that I was and give them hope on their journey, and maybe through lessons or insights shared it might make things easier for them at least a little bit.
I have been active in a few groups on FB and been inspired by the other advocates, and just mental illness sufferers in general being open, honest, and continuing on each day.
I also have been inspired by my classmates this year, who agreed to make short mental health awareness videos as part of an assignment (which some have allowed me to promote). I am motivated by my past education in E-Publishing, business, and now ‘Mobile and Social Media Management’ to network with others and use the latest multimedia tools and strategies to advance this worthwhile cause.
I am most likely going to work with a Not for Profit agency in the summer as part of school credit to help them with ‘media solutions’, and I have got a confirmation from another student, and possibly a second that will join me as a team to maximize the efforts. You can view a bit of my personal journey, read through poetry, on the video embedded on my website/blog.
To raise mental health awareness through creativity, multimedia, and collaboration. To provide individuals and organizations with multimedia, social media, and other relevant solutions to advance their causes.